You might be asking yourself – isn’t this a gaming blog? And yes, yes it is. However, we’ve also got a soft spot… For cocktails.
Fall is the best time of the year to me. I’m a huge cider guy, I personally enjoy apple picking, and some of my favorite breweries’ seasonal beers during the fall are always delicious. Unfortunately, New England’s fall only lasted about two weeks this year, so what can you do? I’ll tell you what. Fight the impending cold weather by whipping up an idiot-proof warm beverage to enjoy while you light your fall-scented candles, bake pumpkin pies, or even just to pre-game the next trip to HomeGoods with your girlfriend to buy fall decorations.
If you’re like me, you probably skip the backstory whenever you read up on new recipes, so I’m just gonna cut to the chase and tell you how to make some.
Dom’s Wicked Good Mulled Cider
4 cups apple cider
3 cups red sangria
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 orange, 1 lemon, and 1 apple (sliced)
Also, grab some cinnamon sticks to garnish, and use the smaller pieces and crumbs to melt into the cider. Don’t use cinnamon powder, cause it’ll float on top of the cider and it legitimately sucks to drink something with powder floating on top of it.
1-3 nips of cinnamon whiskey
1-3 nips of bourbon
Fireball and Jim Beam is what I used, but feel free to use your cinnamon whiskey/bourbon of choice. None of this messed with the flavor all too much, so use more or less to accommodate your own taste and/or how rowdy you want your autumn gathering to be.
Combine everything (except the bourbon and whiskey) in a medium pot. Simmer the cider over medium-low heat for 10 minutes or so. Make sure you frequently check on the cider, you don’t want your guests burning their taste buds off before they can compliment you on how delicious the cider is.
Once the cider’s all warmed up, to mix the cinnamon whiskey and bourbon in and stir for a minute. Serve the whole thing warm in a coffee mug or whatever other fancy ceramic you’ve got lying around. Throw a cinnamon stick in there and throw the mug on a flannel placemat, and boom – you’ve got yourself a featured image for a cocktail blog.
And there you have it. This recipe is impossible to mess up, so enjoy the season and brag to all of your friends how it was entirely your idea. For topics actually related to video games, feel free to check us out on Twitter at @WickedGoodGames.